A family known as the
Creed's move into a peaceful house on the
countryside except they are bothered by
two things, a roadway that trucks speed
through all the time which makes it
unsafe to be near the roadway and a
pathway near their house that leads to a
pet cemetary as well as a burial ground
that the neighbors are reluctant to talk
Also, the family man and paramedic Louis
(Dale Midkiff) doesn't see eye to eye
with his inlaws, his wife Rachel (Denise
Crosby) is still scarred about the past
of his older crippled sister who died
while encountering this moment and is
blamed for her death and their daughter
Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) is having
nightmares about the roadway and her cat
Church being hit by one of the trucks.
During the middle of the night, a ghost
named Victor Pascow (Brad Greenquist)
whom Louis tried to save after being hit
by a truck tries to warn him about not
going to the burial ground.
Rachel goes to visit her family with the
kids but Louis stays behind and his
eccentric neighbor Jud Crandall (Fred
Gwynne) shows him the terrible news as
that nightmare came true about Church
being killed. Rachel is too hesitant to
tell his daughter the upsetting news and
is about to bury the cat in the cemetary
but Jud takes him to the burial ground as
Church is resurrected but he is not the
same and acts viciously evil and still
smells like a rotting corpse.
Suddenly, their son Gage (Miko Hughes)
winds up running to the middle of the
road to hold onto a kite during a family
picnic and is hit by a speeding truck and
the family loses their minds.
Louis plans to go to the burial ground
once again but this time Jud tries to
stop him as he explains what has happened
there during his childhood when a family
member or a pet was killed and they tried
to do so explaining that sometimes dead
Louis doesn't listen and suddenly Gage
and the cat decides to kill and Louis
needs to stop this before he is next.
Good shots around the cemetary
in the woods for the opening credits as
well as suspenseful shots on trucks
speeding by the country roads as you
cringe thinking that someone is going to
A good start off by Louis
out of his car seeming happy with his family looking around the property.
There's a nice peaceful shot on Rachel tucking Ellie Creed in bed
with the cat in the bed with her.
A good scene with Jud Crandall towards Ellie in the cemetary
telling her a scary type of tale.
There is a good conversation between Ellie talking to Louis about
being scared that her cat will get hit by
a vehicle and being a little emotional
A great intense moment with Victor Pascow as a corpse being hauled
into a hospital with the others going
ballistic and Louis trying to
There is a perfect creepy scene with Louis in a hospital room covering up Victor and then he grabs
him and talks to him.
A nice creepy shot on Louis and Victor walking down the
misty pathway to the Pet Semetary at
night as well as nice effects at the
semetary with Victor sounding ghoul like talking to him and warning him not to go to the burial
ground which was the best and darkest
moment of all.
A good shot on Jud looking up
at him wearing a jacket with his hood on
when he tells his neighbor Louis about a
roadkill and being shaken up
wondering what to tell his daughter which
looked believeable too.
Perfect memorable moment in the film with Louis nervously talking on the
phone with his nervous words with Ellie sounding happy on her holiday
at her grandparents as this setting looked so good that you
wouldn't want to devastate the poor
Great shots on Louis and Jud walking through the
Semetary woods and the hills up to a
burial ground which has a spooky feel to
Many good shots on the cat hissing and
acting vicious especially a moment when Louis was going to relax in a nice hot bath
with a towel over his head and the cat
dropping a dead rat in his bath with him
freaking out at the cat as this for sure breaks the silence big time.
A nice disturbing moment with Rachel when she tells Louis about her
past crippled sister. The flashback on it all looked hard to watch and very sad on what was happening here. Definetely a good psychological moment.
A good setting with Louis helping out Gage flying a kite as it
looks like a real father and toddler type
of chemistry as well as a terrifying shot
on little Gage walking down towards a road
with a speeding truck coming by which
makes it look truly disturbing.
A perfect shot on Louis screaming NOOOOO!!!! After this tragedy
has happened along with some good
flashbacks on some baby pictures.
There's a major perfectly intense and dysfunctional moment
with Irwin Goldman going ballistic towards Louis at the funeral and attacking him along
with a good shot of them accidentally
knocking over the coffin and falling to
the ground with others crying.
We spot a good dark conversation sequence between Jud by telling Louis about that
burial ground when he plans to bury his
son there as he explains what has
happened after people or pets were buried
there of not being the same and
explaining that being dead is better.
Nice dark shots on Louis digging up his sons grave as well as him
climbing up to the burial ground.
A good shot on some rocks falling off the
burial ground with a little hand coming
A good conversation between Ellie crying towards Rachel about her dream of a ghost telling her
that ole Daddy is in danger for
resurrecting the dead.
Nice shots on the little hands opening up
a case and taking out a dissecting knife.
good shot on Jud sleeping in
his chair and then opening his eyes
acting alarmed as well as a nice moment
with him holding a knife and calling out
There's a good shot on this little boy by trying to act innocent walking up to Rachel holding a dissecting knife telling
her he has something for him and her
acting sympathetic and hugging him as you
know the something deadly is going to
A good shot on Louis with
teary eyes staring at his son after what
he did to save his neck.
Bottom line is that the film had a
heartwarming family with a lovely pet as
you don't want to twist things around and
make it a nightmare for all of them and
this was just what Stephen King did
as he is the master of psychological and
supernatural horror. I was upset seeing the loving cat die and
then become evil once resurrected in the
burial ground as well as the flashback
memories too which showed that some of
the family members had a few skeletons in
their closet. It was dark and horrifying especially
seeing the trucks speeding by very fast
along the country roadside making the
peaceful neighborhood a dangerous place
to be at the same time. The dead cat looked real but thankfully
it said on the closing credits that no
animals were harmed during the filming. I
am a cat lover.
The acting is very
good as we have a great energetic
performance by Dale Midkiff (Louis Creed) as
the family man in the film. He shows
great intensity, aggressions, emotions
and niceness in one throughout the whole
story. A great shocked
expression by him when a corpse grabs him. Does well talking on the
phone with his nervous words to his onscreen daughter after an incident. Perfect devastating scream and losing control after a tragic moment on his onscreen son. He does well freaking out on
the phone when his onscreen son tells him what he
did and that he's next.
Fred Gwynne (Jud Crandall) comes across perfectly
as the eccentric neighbor in the film and
had the perfect looks too for the part as
he almost seems like half crazy and
disturbed and says his words perfectly. Does well crying afterwards when he explains on being dead is better when warning someone about the pet semetary.
Denise Crosby (Rachel Creed) is another fine cast
member as the wife and Mom in the film
and really knew how to express her
emotions clearly on screen. She really knew how
to act emotional when she tells her onscreen husband about her crippled sister and dreaming on about it. She does
well trying to assure her onscreen daughter that there's no
such thing as ghosts after what she tells her what is going to happen.
Brad Greenquist (Victor Pascow) was terrific and
knew how to act creepy as a gruesome
ghost trying to warn the family about the
burial ground and was good at being a
good ghost even if he comes across as an
Miko Hughes (Gage Creed) is incredibly charming
as the toddler in the family and for such
a young tender age really knew how to do
his part and also does great with his
evil actions after being resurrected. We spot great blocking on him walking by holding the dissecting knife
showing nasty expressions on his face.
Blaze Berdahl (Ellie Creed) knew how to act so
full of life as the daughter showing a
nice attitude as you wouldn't want to
break her heart.
head is sliced exposing his brain
A chopped off child's foot is exposed
during a flashback memory
Jud is being cut up by a dissecting knife
A woman's face is half torn off
Terrific chanting sounds
with cold sounding piano playing during
the opening credits composed by Elliott
Goldenthal as it leaves the film off
with a great start plus he played many
dark sounds for the story too.
We have a perfect songtrack
by the Ramones during the
closing credits with their song of
"Pet Semetary" as it gives the
film a perfect touch for the ending of
Gage: [on the the
phone] Hi daddy I love you... Hi
Daddy I love you.
Louis Creed: [to
the cat] Fuck off, hairball!
Sometimes dead is better.
[Talking on the phone]
Gage: First I play with Judd, then
Mommy came, and I play with Mommy. We
play Daddy! We had a awfully good time!
Now, I want to play with YOU!
Louis Creed: What did you do?
Gage: HE HA!
Louis Creed: What did you do?
Creed: Go on, lay down, play dead, be
Pascow: I'm sorry Louis! I'm so
sorry, but don't make it worse! DON'T!
Louis Creed: I waited too long
with Gage, but with Rachel! It will work
this time, because she just died, SHE
JUST DIED A LITTLE WHILE AGO!
No Fair! No Fair, No Fair!